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J. Brice Bible
Dr. Rathidnra Bose
VP for Research
Dr. Stacey Brinkley
Director of Diversity
VP for University
Ryan T. Lombardi
Dean of Students
Dr. Patricia McSteen
Dr. Kent J. Smith Jr
VP for Student Affairs
Board of Trustees
C. Daniel DeLawder
M. Marnette Perry
Sandra J. Anderson
Norman E. Dewire
Gene T. Harris
C. Robert Kidder
Larry L. Schey
Charles R. Stuckey, Jr.
Frank P. Krasovec
Officers of the Board
Thomas E. Davis
'elcome to the 2008-2009 edition of your yearbook: The Athena. Whatever your
path, each of you has brought unique characteristics and special talents to Ohio
University, and you have made our university richer by your presence.
Some of you took a traditional approach to your studies, beginning your undergraduate program
immediately after graduating from high school. Others took a different path, working or
starting a family before enrolling at Ohio University.
Regardless of your approach, passion, determination, and hope brought you to this moment.
Passion gave you the enthusiasm to pursue a course of study. Determination got you through
late, long nights of writing, reading, and studying. And hope kept you focused on the greatest
reward of this entire experience — your Ohio University degree.
During your First-Year Student Convocation, I predicted that over your next for, or five, years,
you would find your place at Ohio University — both socially and intellectually — and Athens
would become your home. As you begin a new chapter and embark on the next adventure in
your lives, I hope that you will share the promise of Ohio University and come home again to
Athens very soon!
Enjoy revisiting this collection of special memories for many years to come. I wish you all the
best in your future endeavors!
Roderick J. McDavis
Photo Credits: Page 4, Jim McAuley; page 5, Ryan Young
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OU has a dynamic campus, and the 08-09 school year included many construction
and renovation projects, some finished and others ongoing. Here's a look at a few
of the major changes:
Bromley Hall: dorm room renovations
Lincoln Hall: major renovation, completed for the
start of fall quarter
Shively Hall: dining hall and dorm room
dRuss College of Engineering: 1 00,000
square foot addition
Porter Hall: new addition and reconfigured
Old Baker Center: asbestos removal
The Ohio University women's volleyball team had a triumphant season
this year with an overall winning record of 24-8 and a 9-2 record at home.
New head coach Ryan Theis became the second head coach in Ohio
volleyball history to lead the team to win the MAC Tournament as well
as go to the NCAA Championship in his starting season. This was Ohio
volleyball's sixth straight appearance at the Championship and the team
ended their regular season on a high note with a 3-0 sweep of University of
The team also was able to go compete against Hawaii, UCLA, and Penn
State University in Hawaii this year, a trip junior Ellen Herman said was
"very cool to have the opportunity to spend a week there [since] not many
Although the team played 32 games, one great win in particular stands
out, and that of course is the game against Ohio's rival, Miami University.
"It was like a triumph beating them," said junior
There were also several close matches, such
as a tense bout with University of Toledo. After
winning the first match, the Bobcats went down
"We always have to play at our top and we took
a breath during that that we shouldn't have," said
However, Ohio returned from Toledo
victorious after winning the third set. As well
as performing well as a team, four players were
named All-Mid-American Conference at the
MAC Tournament banquet in Toledo, as juniors
Herman and Meghan Simons received first-team
honors and junior Jane Sytsma and sophomore
Michelle Jantsch were second-team honorees.
Besides her first-team All-MAC awards, Herman
1 is named the league's Player of the Year.
In addition to performing well on the court,
-■rman, Simons, Sytsma, and Jantsch were
med to the Academic All-Mid-American
inference team, as decided upon by faculty
lletics representatives from around the league.
an extremely close five round match, Yale
itched a victory from Ohio ending the girl's
When asked about the season overall, Petrulis
id, "It prepared us well for the following year
d was good preparation for what's to come."
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oto Credits: All photos, Joel Hawksley
After a slightly shaky start — a win, a tie and two loss-
es — in the first two weeks, the Ohio University women's
soccer team finished the last two weeks of their season
with three wins and only a single loss, one of those
final three wins being at Miami — the only home game
Miami lost all season.
Not only was the Miami game a big upset, but the
Lady Bobcats also had tour different players score goals.
Junior Jess MacLcan, Junior Amy Lower, and senior
Erika Schmitt all agree that the Miami game was defi-
nitely the best team effort. Schmitt noted that fresh-
man Sara Seitz stepped up to score the first goal and set
the tone tor the rest of the game. Lower stated that this
year's senior class would be missed.
"They brought intensity to the game and could be
expected to give 120 percent all the time," she said.
"They were very spunky and their personality will defi-
nitely be missed."
MacLean, Schmitt and Lower also agreed that junior
Jasmine Merith was the most improved player.
"Jasmine stepped up and will continue to improve,"
For Schmitt, the hardest game was against Eastern
Michigan. In order to make the MAC tournament the
Lady Bobcats needed a victory. The game was tied 1-1
at the end of the second period and went into overtime.
In the end, the Ladv Bobcats lost.
The game against Buffalo was Lower's favorite and
also the most fun away game for her. It was a rocky and
intense beginning, which led to two overtimes. As the
game progressed, "the team clicked all of a sudden," and
they won. She enjoyed this game because her family
and family friends were in attendance and she felt com-
fortable playing with them there.
The final record for the 2008 Lady Bobcat Soccer
team did not do them justice. They played hard all
season and continued to improve throughout.
Story by Courtney Burcham
Photo Credits: Page 10 left, Charles Yesenczki; page
10 right and page 11 left, Amanda Muschlitz; page 11
left, Joel Hawksley
Ohio University's 2008 cross country season was a successful
one in which many runners achieved honorable accomplish-
ments. The team was made up of 24 men and 25 women rang-
ing from freshman to seniors and was lead by captains Shamus
Eaton and Julia Wciscnborn
"The MAC (Mid American Conference Division) is tough
but we had a good solid group, who are tough in both the men
and women's divisions," coach Nick Pero said.
Inherently there was competition in the division for the top
spots and a chance at the NCAA's.
"The biggest competitors for the men are probably Kent
State and Central Michigan, and for women Miami of Ohio
and Akron," coach Mitch Bentley said.
This inner competition culminated in the final regular meet
of the season, the MAC hosted in Ypsilanti Michigan at East-
ern Michigan University.
"MACs, it is the race that we train for all year and it is the race
which determines where we stand in the conference. Every-
thing else just builds up to that meet," Senior Julia Weisenborn
This season when the race was over, Annie Beccham and
I iri Summers finished first and second, with times of 16:56.8
I 17:02.9 respectively, and overall the men placed 5th, and
1 e women 3rd.
Runners Kari Summers and Annie Beccham went on to
alify for the NCAA meet, in which they finished 111th and
^t respectively, making this the second year in a row that
lio University has had a student run in the NCAA meet.
"They were running next to the top runners in the country
d it was nice to see them at that caliber," said Coach Bent-
. "This was the first time OU women have qualified for the
CAA meet in 10 years."
Also notable was Shamus Eaton's performance at the regional
■et, in which he missed qualifying for NCAA's by a mere five
onds as he placed 21st, 50 places better than his
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rformance the previous year, with a time of 32:02.8.
But the team was not all about race times and inten-
e work outs, but also about love for the sport and the
mmunity it brings.
"I joined because I had the opportunity to be a part
a division 1 sports team, which many people only
am of. I knew I couldn't let an opportunity like this
pass me by," said Weisenborn.
"I joined the team because I had been running for 8
irs and I wanted to continue my passion in college,"
lior runner Ridge Robinson said. "I think we have
one of the strongest team dynamics in the divisions.
Other teams praise the way we interact."
But regardless of passion there are always
times in a commitment when the partaker
would rather sit on the sidelines; however, as
the old saying goes, you reap what you sew.
"Training and going to meets eats up a lot of your time
and you don't experience college the same way other
people do. But when it comes down to it, you realize
what you are a part of and it is all worth it,"Weisenborn
said. "There is something about running that brings
people closer together and I have met the nicest girls
here. We all share the pain after a hard workout, the joy
after finishing a race, and the dedication of waking up
on a Saturday morning to run 1 1 miles. I have definitely
formed bonds here with girls on the team that I will
never be able to break."
"It was another good season in which we qualified
for NCAA's for the second year in a row and we hope
we can continue this streak," said Coach Bentley.
Story by Autsin Verilli
Photo Credits: All photos pages 10, 11, 12, & 13,
The 2008 season for Ohio University's women's field hockey
team was exciting, fulfilling many of the usual expectations for this
highly successful team.
The team advanced to the title game in the Mid-American
Conference Tournament against Kent State University. Despite
their loss in this game the Bobcats were pleased with the score of
0-1 considering the even score until late in the second half.
"I think it was the hardest (game) because up until then it was
a very even game," senior player Marcy Dull said.
Their 2008 season was far from disappointing for the team.
Facing extremely high expectations in the fall the women saw victo-
ries over many of its most daunting opponents during the season.
"We are similar in location, ability and style," Senior Nikki
Gnozzio said about the game against Indiana.
With a schedule that was ranked as the 18th-thoughest in the
nation they still managed victories over Kent State University and
Big 10 competitor Indiana University.
As they prepared for their tough schedule the team had a good
amount of learning to do. Having lost many good players who were
seniors during the 2008 season players new and old were needed to
step up and fill in.
According to Gnozzio the way they team improved mostl
"wasn't related to the field."
"It was the way we started acting and behaving as a team toward
the end of the season that was the best, and the skills we picked up
as a team," Gnozzio said.
"We had big expectations going into our outer-conference
schedule," Coach Neil Macmillan said of the MAC Tournament as
the highlight to the season. "Unfortunately we didn't come through
with the results we needed. In the two games prior to the final we played extremely well, especially
against Missouri State."
Gnozzio also cited the team's win over Miami as a highlight of the MAC tournament. The tw(
teams had been neck and neck throughout their seasons.
Story by Kelly Daniels
Photo Credits: Page 16, first two from left, Joel Hawksley; page 16 right and page 17, Ryan Young
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Ohio University's Homecoming 2008, held
from September 22-28 was an eventful festivity
in which the bobcats of all ages experienced fun
This year's theme, "Get Your Green On,"
helped promote the Ohio University Office of I
Sustainability's message of eco-friendliness. This
was adopted into many of the student and alumni
functions of Homecoming.
"We are really pushing a message that OU can
be sustainable," said Leah Graham, a graduate
student working with the Office of Sustainabil-
This could be no better seen than in the annual
parade held on Court Street. Groups who entered
the parade float competition were encouraged to
build their floats out of recycled material, and
after the parade it was mandated that all floats
must be recycled with the help of OU recycling
Homecoming weekend also brought a home
football game between the Ohio Bobcats and the
Virginia Military Institute Keydets. This was the
second meeting between the two teams and for [
the second time the Bob Cats defeated the Key-
dets with a score of 51 to 31. During the game
j iior quarterback Boo Jackson broke into OU's
top ten record for completions and attempts I
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eiver Lavon Brazill had a career-high nine
ches for 79 yards.
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loto Credits: Pages 18 & 19, Kiley Oblisk; page
below, Charles Yesenczki; page 20 above and
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Every football season has its ups and downs and the Bobcats' 2008 season was
no exception. Despite their 4-8 record, there were many close calls and there were
many games the team felt they should have won.
"We let a lot of games slip away," junior quarterback Boo Jackson said. "We had
the potential to get to a bowl game."
One look at the scores and you can see what Jackson means. Six of the team's
eight losses were by fewer than two touchdowns. On the flip side, three of their
four wins were by at least 15 points, a sign that when the team was firing on all
cylinders, they were difficult to stop.
The season began with two heartbreaking losses. It started with a 21-20 loss to
Wyoming followed by a match up with The Ohio State University powerhouse.
The Buckeyes, who were Fiesta Bowl participants at the end of the season, were
expected to run over Ohio. Even with the distraction of playing at "The Horse-
shoe," the Bobcats were more than ready for the challenge of a top-notch program
like Ohio State.
"It was a great opportunity to see how we stacked up with them," Bobcat line-
backer Noah Keller said.
Ohio State was ranked number three in the nation at the time but early on it
was Ohio who looked like the top 25 team. The Bobcats took a 7-3 lead in the
second quarter off of a 15-yard scamper by running back Donte Harden. The
next touchdown in the game would also be for the away team as Ohio scored on
a fumble recovery by defensive end Curtis Meyers early in the second half. Those
would be the Bobcats' last points of the game as the Buckeyes would go on to win
"It was great to have them on the ropes," linebacker Lee Renfro said. "We played
wall-to-wall with them for three quarters but couldn't finish the game strong."
The team quickly had to forget about the disheartening loss as they went on
to lose their next two games. But even as they stood at 0-4 the team did not give
up. A 51-31 Homecoming victory over VMI showed the determination that this
team had all-year long.
"It was rough starting 0-4," Keller recalled, "but it was great to get that first win
and taste victory."
Jackson finished with 287 passing yards and two touchdowns in the win. On
the ground the Bobcats rushed for 251 yards, led by Hardens 142 yards, a career-
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high. Harden had the highlight of the game when he scored on a 67-yard run in the first
After a loss in Kalamazoo to Western Michigan the next week, the Bobcats won at Kent
State by a score of 26-19. Running backs Harden and Chris Garrett combined for 177 yards
on the ground and Jackson threw for 203 yards in the 'Cats first road victory of the year.
The next three games all produced losses for Ohio, but they came together as a team and
finished off the season in style with two straight victories. The first came at Peden Stadium on
Senior Day against the Akron Zips.
It was a record-setting day as Jackson threw for a school-record five touchdowns in the
49-42 win. The Bobcat special teams had their best game of the season scoring twice. The
first came on a 66-yard punt return by sophomore Lavon Brazill. The second was a 97-yard
kick return by Garrett. With the return, Garrett became the first player for the Bobcats to ever
record two kickoff return touchdowns in their career.
The Bobcats won the game on a one-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to senior tight end
David Carter with just 32 seconds to play.
The final week of the season brought a game against rival Miami. The Bobcats came ready
to play and won convincingly by a score of 41-26. Garrett, who finished the season with 529
yards, rushed for a career-high 222 yards for Ohio in the contest and Jackson threw for three
On the defensive side, Noah Keller had 12 tackles bringing his season total to an impressive
104. The win gave the Bobcats a 3-5 record in the MAC. With their two late-season victories
they were able to salvage a rough season.
"We ended the season on a good note," Jackson, who threw for 2,355 yards during the
season to go along with 19 touchdowns, said.
"Even though they finished near the bottom of the conference there were still many posi-
tives for the team."
"The offensive line never gets enough credit," running back Donte Harden said, who fin-
ished with 454 rushing yards overall in a shortened season for him due to a shoulder injury.
"There was a lot of pressure on them and they really stepped up."
Three Bobcats made second team All-MAC; defensive lineman Jameson Hartke, linebacker
Noah Keller and offensive lineman Josh Leuck, and two made third- team; safety Steven Jack-
son and tight end Andrew Mooney.
Although all seasons are measured on wins and losses, to really grasp the determination of
the 2008 Bobcat football team you must go look at how the strength with which the team
finished the season.
Story by Steve Eckinger
Photo Credits: page 22 top, Amanda Muschlitz; page 22 bottom, Ryan Young; page 23, Drew
Angerer; page 24 top, Joel Hawksley; page 24 bottom and page 25, Ryan Henriksen
With a director who is not afraid to try some-
thing new and a reputation for being "the most
I exciting band in the land," the Ohio University
Marching 110 is proud to say they rock.
This year, they played tunes from genres of clas-
sic rock to hip-hop. Some tides included Shake
It by Metro Station, Viva la Vida by Coldplay,
Animal I've Become by Three Days Grace, Dis-
turbia by Rhianna,Take on Me by A-ha and Hella
Good by No Doubt.
"If you turn on a rock station (on the radio)
every other song played the 110 will probably have
done," senior trumpet player Ron Dravenstott
For the Homecoming show, which Dravenstott
called the biggest and best show of the year, the
band chose a theme featuring the band Boston.
Other highlights of the band's 2008 season
included taking a trip to New York to play at half
time during a New York Giants game, playing at
half time during a Bengals game, starting off the
season with the Ohio State game and playing at
the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, a show that sells
The varsity show played in OU's Templeton-
Blackburn Memorial Auditorium, the band festi-
val held at OU, and the band's trip to St. Paris,
Ohio to play at Graham High School were among
other important events this season.
"When we played at the New York Giants game
we formed the NY on the field and the crowd went
crazy," Suk said of his most exciting moment this
Not only was the Marching 110's song choice
unique but their method of choosing was as well.
Director Richard Suk allowed the students a lot of
say in what the band played. Students submitted
CDs of songs they would like to be considered and
Suk added them to his library and took them into
consideration when deciding what the band would
play. One song played this year, It's Not My Time,
was introduced to Suk in an email with a YouTube
fink to the song's video.
"They're (the students) the ones who really pick
the charts," Suk added.
Noteworthy members of the 2008 staff and
students for the Ohio University Marching 110
include: field commander Jake Young, dance com-
manders Lauren Buell, Hanna Trapp and Clark
Torbett, new Director of Bands Andrew Trachsel
and Student Arrangers Competition winner Justin
Story by Kelly Daniels
Photo Credits: Page 26, Amanda Muschlitz; page
27, Charles Yesenczki; photos on pages 28 8c 29
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2008's presidential election was both highly contested
and extremely revolutionary. The spread of candidates was
very diverse and ranged from ultra-conservatives to extreme
leftists. However, the main focus came down to two men,
republican candidate John McCain, and democratic candi-
date Barack Obama.
The run for the 2008 presidency was full of controversy
and feuds across and within party lines. In the Demo-
cratic primaries, the possible presidential candidates Barack
Obama and Hillary Clinton were constandy at each other's
throats. After the primaries, presidential candidates Obama
and John McCain battered each other with political ads and
scornful comments about each other in speeches.
Although there were inner feuds, each party had the same
basic intention, to improve the government. As a result the
main campaign topic for all candidates was change - although
some parties took the philosophy further than others. Like-
wise, on every side of the line the public was seeking the same
mindset in their choice presidential candidate. This could be
no better displayed than on college campuses, as many col-
lege students registered and took part in voting. CIRCLE,
the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning
and Engagement, found that 23 million Americans under
the age of 30 voted in the 2008 presidential election. National
exit polls, conducted by Edison/Mitofsky, show that voters
between the ages of 18 and 30 made up 18 percent of voters
on November 4.
Ohio University gready contributed to this statistic, which
grew 1 percent since 2004, as many university clubs made
efforts to make students more politically aware and also to
register students to vote. Also, many Bobcats joined voting
advocacy groups and volunteered for the political party of
their choice. Many spread fliers throughout the campus and
distributed party and voter information.
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I Volunteers continued this voter education all the way
up until Election Day, when students engaged in
passing out party propaganda before voters entered
Students also joined political party based clubs,
I such as the Ohio University Democrats and Repub-
licans. The OU College Democrats had around 65
active, voting members.
"We had over 160 attend our first meeting this fall.
I We saw great enthusiasm among students for Barack
Obama and Democratic candidates on all levels," |
OU Democrat President, Mat Crawford, explained.
The Ohio University College Republicans also
I saw enthusiasm from students during voting season.
"During the election season we had 40 to 50 active
I members attending meetings," OU Republican Pres-
ident Melissa Short said.
Some OU students joined voter advocacy groups
and, along with political parties, pushed for voter reg-
istration and voting. As a result party volunteers and
voter advocacy groups overtook Athens. These stu-
dents were commonly seen on street corners handing
j out fliers and voter registration information. With
, persistence, and lots of it, as well as information-
filled sales pitches, volunteers coaxed many students
to register to vote and to vote early. The OU Sierra
Club cooperated with the voter advocacy group
Power Vote in one such effort.
"I think it's most important to note that Ohio
University's Sierra Student Coalition was selected
as one of five campuses in the entire nation to run
this campaign with paid organizers," Sierra Club
President Emily Rood said. "The outcome of Power
i Vote was that we registered 2,000 students to vote on
campus as well as obtaining over 4,000 Power Vote
pledges. We spoke in over 150 classrooms, and ended
up having the second most pledge cards in the coun-
Volunteers took on another task by getting stu-
dents to vote early. This action was in response to
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the controversial election of Ken Blackwell, a State I
Congressman from Cincinnati, which resulted from I
a lack of voting machines as well as poorly run polls. I
This also gave students the opportunity to vote on I
their own time. Early voting was achieved by submit- I
ting an absentee ballot, which counted as a normal I
vote. Political parties also ran campaigns to register I
voters in Athens. !
"We registered thousands of voters across campus, I
in addition to working closely with campaigns on I
event coordination and get-out-the-vote efforts,"!
Crawford said. "We had tables and volunteers out on I
campus almost every day registering people, encour- I
aging early voting, and answering any questions stu- I
dents or residents had about the process."
While voting was important to the Republicans,
they took a different, more passive approach to voter
"We had a table out at College Gate and Baker I
Center where we registered students to vote and
gave out party voting information," Short said. "The
Republicans are a minority in Athens so if they
needed information they came to us."
Overall, OU students showed much enthusiasm
during the 2008 Presidential election. Many stu-
dents became actively involved and many more stu-
"College-aged voters are unpredictable," said
Short. "They treat voting like class, some days it is
approached enthusiastically and other days it is slept
through. But there was a large turnout in the election
and most students found interest in the issues and
platforms and not just the candidates, showing true
democracy at work."
Story by Austin Verilli
Photo Credits: Page 30 top, Ryan Young; page 30 ]
bottom, Jim McAuley; page 31, Charles Yesenczki;
pages 32 & 33, Amanda Mushlitz
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The 2008-2009 Men's Water Polo season was
one of the most memorable in the club sport's his- ^
tory. The team combined senior experience and I
leadership with young talent and skill to form one "
of the most successful squads in recent memory |
for the school.
"One of the highlights for me was hosting
Nationals and beating Minnesota and competing
with teams like Cal Poly [the nation's top team],"
said freshman Tim Jennings of his first year on
Story and photos by Ryan Young
When most people think of Ohio University, the first thing that comes
to mind is not the award winning journalism school, or the great outdoor
activities available to students in the foothills of the Appalachian Moun-
tains, or even the rowdy spring quarter; nope, it's the infamous Halloween
celebration. Held every year on Court Street, Athens' Halloween party
brings in tens of thousands of tourists who want to get in on the insan-
This Halloween was no different ... or was it?
"In the ten years I have been here, Halloween has been getting progres-
sively safer," stated OUPD Officer David Valentine. "I don't have any'
statistics but I would say arrests were down."
Although many may not like the idea of a mundane Halloween cel-
ebration, safety and avoiding arrest can be appreciated by all. This was
achieved through many law enforcement precautions, additional hell
from outside police forces, strict parking regulation, and crime deterrence
through police visibility, to name just a few.
Just because Halloween is now safer and more regulated doesn't mean
that students and tourists alike do not enjoy it.
"Halloween was fun from what I could remember," freshman Max-
Murphy reminisced. "It was the most controlled, out of control thing I
have ever seen," he added.
"Halloween is always a good time. I love dressing up and you run into
the most random people," explained junior Ashlee Reynolds.
Overall, whether one is an OU student, a student travelling in from
another school, or an alumnus trying to relive the glory days, Halloween
in Athens will always be the dose of insanity which will keep you sane for
another 364 days.
Story by Austin Verilli
Photo Credits: Page 36 top, Jim McAuley; page 36 bottom, Amand;
Muschlitz; page 37 left, Elizabeth Linares; page 37 right, Amand
Muschlitz; page 38 & 39 left to right, Joel Hawksley, Elizabeth Linan
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The Ohio University Swimming and Diving team began the 08-09 season coming off of
their 10th MAC championship and returning 20 letterwinners. Chosen first in the confer-
ence's preseason coaches' poll, the team was looking to live up to their reputation.
"Personally, I felt the pressure," said senior Ashley Marion. "The year before, I didn't have
the year I wanted to have."
The Bobcats started off strong against MAC opponents, taking out Bowling Green early
n the season and then placing first at Akron's Zippy Invitational in December, winning five
of the eight final events. With a six-meet streak on the fine, the team was pumped to take
on rival Miami, and prepared with one of the team's preparatory traditions.
"Before Miami, we read each other motivational letters," said junior Chelsea Bower. "It
helps us keep a positive attitude."
The ladies swam exceptionally well and many even posted season- and personal-best
times, but it wasn't enough to best the Redhawks. However, the ladies continued to train
and compete despite being plagued by injury and illness, and they also found time to have
fun and bond as a team. One specifically humorous incident occurred on a long road trip:
head coach Greg Werner was apparently opposed to watching the movie Unfaithful during
one leg of the trip. He offered to allow the movie if one courageous teammate would eat
a bunch of rotten bananas — in the end, the bananas were eaten and the team enjoyed its
choice movie. Needless to say, the team was always ready to step up to Werner's chal-
The team took care of business at home, defeating Ball State in the final home meet oi
the season to solidify their undefeated home season. About a month later, the ladies were
representing Ohio at the MAC championships, where the team placed a close second to the
ever-elusive Redhawks. However, for Marion, this meet was the pinnacle of the season.
"I had seven personal bests," she said. "I achieved everything I wanted to and ended tl e
year like I wanted."
Bower continued into the postseason, becoming the first Bobcat to compete at the NCA
Championships in eight years, by placing 35th out of 63 in the 50 Freestyle. As the ye
ended, the team was sorry to see its seniors go, but continued to train and condition in pv
suit of personal and collective accomplishment.
Story by Joe Robbins
Photo Credits: All photos by Amanda Muschlitz
The Ohio Bobcats Club Hockey Team played Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde durint
the 2008-2009 season. The team started out 10-11 before dropping only fourl
out of their last 19 games to finish the season with a 25-15-0 record.
"We were a younger team this year but we overcame a lot of the obstacles!
facing us," said Ryan Tessmer, the club's leading scorer.
The turnaround was in full swing in early February, when the Cats sweptl
then 3rd-ranked Illinois. Both games in the series were decided by just onel
goal. With the momentum peaking and confidence flowing, Ohio entered the
CSCHL Tournament looking to shock the league and earn some respect.
Goaltender Paul Marshall departed for the World University Games in China
soon after the Illinois match-up, so Chris Carlson took his place in front of the
net for the duration of the Tournament.
"We had some big-time plays from him," said Zack Barbis, a freshman defen-
seman who tallied 22 points for Ohio.
Carlson and the fourth-seeded Bobcats beat the first, second and third seeds
to capture their first tournament championship since 2005 and sixth title over-
all. In the championship game, Ohio battled back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat
Iowa State 4-3. Freshman Josh Fodor was named Tournament MVP.
"We played our best hockey of the year at the right time,"Tessmer said.
The team played without the same recognition and publicity as varsity sports,
but still attracted a supportive fan base. Bird Arena boasted multiple sellout;
this season, a fact that other Ohio teams cannot claim. The Bobcats appreci-
ated the support by the fans, with over half of their wins coming in the friendl}
"It's not hard to get up for a sellout crowd," Barbis said. "We love it."
The Bobcats took pride in their young team. Ohio will lose only four senic
next year so the focus will be on the underclassmen.
"Next year, we will know our system pretty well," Tessmer said. "We shou
get off to a good start."
Story by Bryan Levin
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47 top middle and top right, Ryan Young; page 47 bottom, Joel Hawksley
With a strong reputation for academic
and leadership excellence, the Bobcat
Batallion consistently produces out-
standing commissioned officers. The
Ohio University Reserve Officer Train-
ing Corps (ROTC) Program received
the first ever Abraham Award as the
top ROTC program in Ohio in a April
25, 2009 presentation at the battalion's
annual Military Ball in Athens.
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The Men's Varsity Basketball team wel-
comed their head coach John Groce with a
win against William and Mary by 19. Appar-
ently he had already taught them plenty in
practice during the off-season. OU Athlet-
ics announced their new hire on June 27th,
and it was not long until his previous expe-
rience, including four years on staff at Ohio
State, had a visible effect on the players.
"I learned to be positive in a lot of situa-
tions," senior forward Justin Orr said. "It's
the only way to keep our confidence up."
For the bobcats, an important lesson:
they finished the season at a measly 15-17,
including 7-9 in the Mid American Confer-
ence. However, amid a record that kept them
from any national tournaments, the Bobcats
were still able to defend their home court
with an impressive five-game home winning
streak, punctuated by a 70-65 overtime win
over eventual MAC champion and NCAA
Tournament competitor Akron. The play-
ers and their new coach were grateful for the
intense atmosphere created in the Convo by
the ever-cheering O-Zone.
"They get into other team's heads," soph-
omore guard Tommy Freeman said. "They
definitely make the other team not play to
The student section not only decimated
the oppositions' talent with their ram-
bunctious rooting, but also helped bolster
the confidence of the team's star Jerome
Tillman, who grabbed more in-and-po
season awards than any other player, includ-
ing MAC Report Online's Player of the Yen
and a spot on the All-MAC First-Team. H c
led the team in points, blocks, and rebounds.
However, even with the most dominant
individual force in the conference, the men
struggled in conference play. After losing
to Bowling Green in the last regular season
game of the year, the Bobcats were anxious
to move on to the MAC Tournament hosted
at Quicken Loans Arena, where the cham-
pion was guaranteed a bid for the NCAA
That bid was to fall to Akron, as the
Bobcats were unable to make it out of the
second round of play. After topping Western
Michigan 62-55 in the first round, the Bob
cats butted heads again with nemesis Bowl-
ing Green, and despite Tillman posting the
26th double-double of his career, they
short, losing 71-64 to the Falcons. How-
ever, Ohio showed a strong will and contin-
ued to improve throughout the course >f the
season, and Coach Groce proved him If to
be a valuable acquisition by the progr:*
Story by Ali Quinn and Joe Robbins
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The 2008-2009 season marked the beginning of a new era in Ohio
Women's Basketball. Semeka Randall took over as Head Coach for a team
that won 20 games just one year ago. Ohio finished this season at 13-18
going 7-9 in Mid- American Conference play. Throughout the season the
Lady Bobcats faced nationally ranked Florida and teams such as Clem-
son, Bowling Green and Ball State. The highlight of the 2008-09 season
came when Ohio swept the rival Miami Redhawks for the first time in 12
Ohio went on to earn the third seed in the MAC tournament where
they advanced to the second round after defeating the Western Michigan
Broncos 68-57 in the first round. They went on to lose a close second-
round contest with the Toledo Rockets 77-70.
All was not lost though as senior guard Lauren Hmiel was named to
the All-MAC second team. Hmiel led the Lady Bobcats averaging 14.7
wints per game and scored in double figures 22 times throughout the
season. Hmiel emerged as the team's leader this season as she led Ohio in
scoring 15 times while recording two double-doubles.
"Everything just paid off for me. All the hard work and extra time I put
in just paid off," said Hmiel. "I put my heart into everything and hope that
I'm leaving that heart with this team."
i Hmiel's final game as Bobcat against Toledo in the MAC Tourna-
lt, Hmiel scored 25 points grabbed nine boards in 39 minutes,
/as thankful for the opportunity to play, but it didn't really hit me that
career was over," she said after the loss.
side from Hmiel, junior guard Jennifer Bushby earned third-team
ors and was named MAC East player of the week two times in the
three weeks of the season.
worked a lot on just understanding the game better, understanding
plays and our sets," said Bushby. "I think that's where a lot of our
sts came from and understanding where to get my players open."
his season marked Bushby s first time playing the point guard posi-
r, she averaged a career-best 11.5 points per game and led the MAC in
sts at 5.46 per contest.
Ohio senior center Chandra Myers was named to the All-MAC pre-
season team, but suffered a season ending knee injury against the rival
Miami Redhawks on January 21st. She averaged 7.7 points and 5.1
rebounds in 17 games. Myers' senior campaign under Semeka Randall
marked the third different head coach she has played under at Ohio Uni-
versity. As Myers graduates she hopes that her work ethic is something
she'll pass on to her younger teammates.
"You have to put in extra time in the gym and I think that I showed my
teammates that are coming up that that's what you have to do if you want
to succeed," said Myers. "When I came in I wasn't the best athlete; I had
Another post player who made noise this season was sophomore Kamille
Buckner. The Chicago native blocked a single-season record 63 shots this
season, breaking the previous record of 46. Buckner started all 31 games
this season and tied Lauren Hmiel's six rebounds per game.
Overall, the 2008-2009 campaign was a successful one in Coach Ran-
dall's first season.
Story by Brad Zahar
Photo Credits: Pages 54 8c55 Joel Hawksley; page 56 bothjoel Hawksley;
page 57, Ryan Young
The 2008-09 Ohio Wrestling team went through some
growing pains, which can be expected when a team
features no senior leadership as a guide. Even with the
abundance of youth on the roster, Head Coach Joel
Greenlee kept his team prepared all season long as they
finished 9-9-1 overall. The Bobcats were 3-2 in the
MAC, which placed them third in the league.
"We had a fair season," said Bobcat Jacob Ison.
"There were lots of injuries, but we did well with what
One of those players who had trouble with injuries
was Ison himself. Wresding at 174 pounds, he compiled
a 10-3 record for the season, even with his struggles to
stay healthy. He racked up 54 career wins, the most of
any Bobcat on the current team.
Another solid wrestler for Ohio this season was Clay
Tucker. He had his best year as a Bobcat by going 21 -16,
wrestling at 157 pounds all season and compiling an
impressive 4-1 league record. His best moment of the
year may have been the MAC Championships, where
he finished third in his weight class.
"Clay really stepped it up this season," said Ison. "He
led the team in wins."
The rest of the Bobcat wresders seem to feel the same
way, as Tucker was voted most valuable wresder by his
Aside from Tucker and Ison, 11 other Bobcats fin-
ished with double-digits victories on the year, includ-
ing: Germane Lindsey (10-9), Casey Gordon (10-10),
Andy Hartshorn (13-14), Chris Iammarino (12-23),
Quentin Keyes (18-14), Seth Morton (13-14), Nick
Purdue (18-14), Gabe Ramos (11-13), Erik Schuth
(11-6), Josh Speelman (10-5) and Tommy Weinkam
The Bobcats' season ended at the MAC Champi-
onships, where they finished sixth. Although it was a
disappointing finish for the team, they had some great
individual performances in the tournament. Four fin-
ished in the top four of their weight class, led by Tuck-
er's third-place finish.
Germane Lindsey placed fourth in the 151 pound
weight class, while Nick Purdue claimed fourth at 174.
Finally, in the heavyweight division, Andy Hartshorn
placed fourth to round out the team's top finishers.
The Bobcats' overall record may make it appear as
though it was an average season for the Ohio wresders,
but a closer look revealed a club which featured many
terrific individual performances and several big confer-
Story by Steve Eckinger
Photo Credits: All photos by Joel Hawksley
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On Wednesday, February 25th, DKMS (the world's largest marrow donor center) and Ohio University held the biggest donor drive ever in the United!'
States, registering more than 2,400 life-saving bone marrow donors in less than 24 hours, setting a new world record.
The Guinness Book of World Records' official bone marrow donor drive record involved 277 registrants in Austria. Last month, DKMS held donor
drives in New York and New Jersey surpassing that number with more than 1,000 registrants each, but they have not yet been documented by Guin-
Erica Cohen, a student at Ohio University and the driving force behind the successful donor drive, contacted DKMS immediately after learning about
16-year-old leukemia patient, Amy Katz, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. She wanted to help and bring the search for a donor to Ohiol
University, by organizing a bone marrow donor drive.
The drive, called "Got Swabbed?," exceeded the expectations of DKMS, Erica and her group of more than 30 volunteers who set a target of 1,300|
donors. More than 10% of the student body registered as bone marrow donors. I^tfl
"I have never seen such an outpouring of support and solidarity from the Ohio University community," said Erica Cohen. "Tallying the final numbers
at our drive was one of the happiest moments of my life. I know that from the hard work and dedication put into this drive, many lives will be saved]
And for that, I could not be prouder."
Story courtesy of http://www.dkmsamericas.org
Photos by Maddie McGarvej
01 ot uance
Photo Credits: Page 62, Maddie McGarvey; page 63, Amanda Muschlitz
Michael Uslan, producer of the movie 7#e Dark Night, spoke
at Baker Center on January 24.
Photos bv Jim McAulev
B.J. Novak, known for his role as Ryan Howard on NBC's The Office, performed a stand-up act at Templeton-Black-
burn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
Photo by Maddie McGarvey
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th of the
United States. An estimated crowd of 1.8 to 2 million people were
pi sent in Washington D.C. to watch the historic inauguration.
A ena staff photographer Drew Angerer was present to capture the
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Photo Credits: Page 72, Jim McAuley; page 73, Amanda Muschlitz
The 2009 Ohio Bobcat baseball team saw a big
improvement from their 2008 campaign. The Bobcats
finished second in the MAC East, half-a-game behind
Bowling Green. Ohio earned the third seed in the
MAC Tournament in Chillicothe where their season
ended with a lost to Eastern Michigan.
Ohio was leading the MAC East going into the final
weekend of April when they took on the 25th ranked
Kent State Golden Flashes. Ohio took the opener of the
series 17-8 but lost the other two games in the series.
Junior Outfielder Marc Krauss said the two losses to
Kent, "really took the wind out of our sails. "The Bobcats
then went on to get swept the next weekend by eventual
MAC East champion Bowling Green Falcons.
"It did hurt us in the end, obviously B.G. beat us by a
rulf game, if we would have pulled one of those games
out we would have been MAC Champs," Krauss said.
"It definitely was a turning point."
Ohio did rebound by sweeping Buffalo in the final
wi ekend of the season. Senior infielder Brandon Besl
s; id Ohio's success this season was in part due to the
li idership but was also based on the fact that the entire
t( im put forth a solid effort.
'We also did have a lot of young guys that really did
s p up and that's always nice to have on a team," Besl
S d. "Everyone can't be a senior."
Sophomore outfielder Gauntlett Eldemire was one
( those underclassmen that really stepped up. Eldemire
.313 hitting 21 home runs and driving in 56. He also
s >red 61 runs. Sophomore Robert Maddox was also
icial to Ohio's success as started all 53 games for the
I 'beats hitting .320. Even with all those contributors,
! body played a bigger role than Marc Krauss.
Krauss had one of the best single-seasons in Ohio
I ;tory. He hit 27 home runs with 70 RBI en route to
i ing named MAC Player of the Year. Krauss also saw
more accolades as the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
named him to the 2009 Louisville Slugger All-America
"That kind of blew me out of the water," said Krauss.
"But it goes to show you that it doesn't matter where
you're from where you play. You're going to get recog-
nized if you're a good baseball player."
Krauss is the first Bobcat to be named to the first
team since Scott Kuvinka in 1979. He becomes the 25th
Bobcat in school history to receive All- America status
and the 10th Bobcat to receive first team recognition.
It was a successful season for the Bobcats even though
their hopes of capturing a MAC championship fell
short. They saw one of their players earn All- America
status and their 29 victories on the season helped bol-
ster the program's reputation as a perennial force in the
Story by Brad Zahar
Photo Credits: Page 74 left, Maddie McGarvey; all
others, Ryan Young
320 students from 21 different organizations came together on
April 4th to help clean up Athens. Student Senate sponsored the
event. Students gave back to the community by picking up trash,
washing windows, mulching, and repainting playground equip-
Photos by Maddie McGarvey
The men's and women's golf teams looked to senior leadership during the 08-09 season.
Both teams had mostly returning players and the experience to take on other powerhouse
teams in the conference.
"Chad [Warmbein] and Stew [Jamieson] were pretty good leaders," junior Tim Gus-
weilcr said. "They are two of the most consistent guys."
"I think the leader of the team was definitely myself, as captain; I know the freshman
look up to me as well as the sophomores," senior Lindsay Bergman said. "Lauren, Colleen,
and Megan also led them team — they are the upcoming seniors for next year."
The men started off hot by finishing first at Bowling Green's Piper Intercollegiate, with
Gusweiler and Jamieson both coming in under par. Together the team scored 876, put-
ting the performance at 10th best in program history for a 54-hole score. It was to be the
strongest team performance by the men this season.
The women competed in a season highlight match in Akron at the Zippy invitational,
placing fifth. Sophomore Jordan Fesh scored four-over 76, posting the best score in her
collegiate career. Bergman also passed a milestone by making her first top- 10 finish in
green and white.
"I can't say that one person made the most contribution because it's always a team effort
for every match," she said about the team's performance.
In May, the men traveled to Indianapolis for the MAC Championship. Though Warm-
bein was named second-team all-MAC and the team took home a third-best 72-hole
score in program history, they had to settle with a fourth-place finish.
"MACs were difficult," Gusweiler said. "We started [the season] off well, but we had
The ladies also had a difficult time at MACs, which were hosted at the Longerberger
course, placing seventh. Personal achievements included sophomore Erin Cahill's eighth
place finish with a 74, which was her fourth top-ten finish this year.
"It was a challenging course with tough pin placements and fast greens," Bergman said.
"On the last day of the tournament we had our best round there, which was a 311."
Overall, both teams were able to make the best of the obstacles that faced them this
year, and make long strides both personally and as a team.
Story by Joe Robbins; photos provided by Ohio University Athletics
The 2008-2009 Ohio University women's track team endeav-
ored for success. The team had been able to excel, especially in
throwing and distance, and as a result faced tougher competi-
"This year we have been able to go to more, larger meets, now
that we can finally run with them," explained junior distance
runner Kari Summers.
The success the team saw can be attributed to a number of
causes, but namely an extreme work ethic. When asked how
difficult it was to commit to the team, Summers and junior high
jumper Ashlee Reynolds said, "It is time consuming and you have
to stay dedicated."
According to Summers, this meant weeks consumed by run-
ning totals of 60 to 70 miles. Reynolds dealt more with physical
strength and technique exercises, such as build-up sprints, accel-
erations, and back flips. According to the athletes this paid off as
the team achieved their goal.
"We wanted to do well in the MAC, and we did (placing 5th),
it was the best since 1998."
"Anyone wanting to join the team should be ready to work
hard," stated Summers. "We are becoming a division 1 program
so you have to have the mindset for it."
However, Summers and Reynolds showed that there are also
"You grow to love the team and it all becomes worth it," said
Reynolds. "And you avoid the freshman 15" added Summers
Story by Austin Verilli
Photo Credits: Page 80, Amanda Muschlitz; page 81, Ryan
Young; page 82 & 83 bottom middle and top right, Ryan Young;
page 82 & 83 all others, Amanda Muschlitz
Although the 2009 Ohio University softball team did not end the season
with a winning record, this spring proved valuable to the life of the team
in years to come.
Beginning the season with new head coach, Jodi Hermanek, the 2009
Ohio University softball team had a bit of adjusting to do this season.
With a number of new players added to the team, however, adjustments
"The fall was our growing pains. We came together in the preseason
even with a new coach," junior Deanna Hartsough said of the new per-
spective Hermanek was looking to give to the Bobcats.
Hermanek came to the season with many ideas for advancing the team.
Her challenge of starting with a young team and looking for consistency
worked to her advantage, as the girls were adaptable. Looking to add
intensity to the team's game Hermanek introduced a new motto, "knock
the pitcher off the mound."
"She implemented getting your pitch and driving it and focused on
fundamentals," Hartsough said.
Hartsough also commented on the many young players who joined the
team. "It didn't take long to adjust, it's the same game no matter who you
"We took the changes and ran with them," sophomore Melissa Bonner
said. "By the time spring came we had found our niche."
One of the team's hardest losses was to Akron in the last game of the
"Our last game was a typical softball game; they capitalized on their
opportunities," Hartsough said.
From the opposite end of the spectrum the team was able to prove the
strengths in their game against Michigan State University.
"We played how we knew we could play," Bonner said. Hartsough adde
"We just came out and played with everything we had."
After losing to rival team Kent State University the team stepped it i )
later on and was able to win against their other rival Miami Universi!
Hartsough sees the two rivals as teams to which the Bobcats are even
matched and added, "we know we can beat them."
Despite finishing with a record of 22-25 the Lady Bobcats saw tl
year as a time of transition, a time to set a foundation for years to con
especially with a new coach.
Story by Kelly Daniels
Photo Credits: All photos by Amanda Muschlitz
Grammy Award-winning band Wilco played MemAud on April 19th in front of a sell-out crowd. The 23-song
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a bang at this year's
High Fest and Ark Fest
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d hordes of students from neighboring schools all coming to see if OU would livO'up to its reputation. Everything
vent smoothly until around 9 p.m. when some furniture was lit on fire and the Athens Fire Department rushed to
1 gtiish the blaze. When bottles and cans were tl^bwn tb~
)|inorseback dispersing the student body
The following Saturday
was Six Fest, hosted at
the Big Red Barn and Field
several miles away from the
campus; it was a day of
music, thunderstorms, and
mud, Finally, the fest season
finished up with Mill Fest held
on the last Saturday of May,
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With every subsequent test season held
in Athens, the intamy ot the Fests grows
and tor good reason, as no other school
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spring quarter at Ohio University/
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So many people helped, in ways large
and small, to get this book to the
presses; thank you to everyone who
went out of their way to get us stuff
we needed and provided guidance
along the way.
Special thanks to:
The 104th edition of the Athena Yearbook was produced by students at Ohio
University in Athens, Ohio from September 2008 through June 2009.
The full-color publication covers the entire academic year in one 192-page
The cover was designed by Alison Quinn.
All pages were designed using Adobe InDesign CS2 on Apple iMacs. Other
software applications used include Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Microsoft Word.
All pre-press production was done in-house with page negatives delivered to the
printer: Jostens, Inc., located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Robin Fritts served as
Jim McAdams of MJM Studios, based in Greentown, Indiana, took senior
portraits during three different sessions throughout the course of the academic
Educational Services, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, collected corporate advertising for
the book, with Paul Wimmler as representative.
Four-process color was used of all pages. The fonts used throughout the book
were Caslon Pro, Univers, and HelveticaNeue.
The book was sold for $75.00.
Editor in Chief: Joe Robbins
Photography Editor: Amanda Muschlitz
Design Editor: Alison Quinn
i Del Hawksley
F yan Henriksen
E lizabeth Linares
l m McAuley
I laddie McGarvey
I' iley Oblisk
Diego J. Robles
( Charles Yesenczki
f ;yan Young
Photo Credits: Page 189, Jirr
History ain't what it used to be. Today, there's so much content being churned out from so
many different sources that it is basically impossible to capture an exact, objective record of
events during a certain period of time in a certain area. Whether you call what happened on
May 9 a "near-riot" (if there is such a thing) or just a crazy PalmerFest really depends on where you
were Saturday night, or what newspaper you read on Monday morning.
Where does that leave the Athena? It's no surprise to me that this publication, which has been in print
for almost a century, can no longer be an authority in recording the history of Ohio University. People
are only interested in right now, and by the time it becomes back then it's too late to do anything about
But there is some history in the memory of every student here, and as the years roll on that history
will fade in breadth and vividness. My hope is that even as decades pass, whenever a proud participant
of the 08-09 school year leafs through these pages, the photos and stories in this book those will jolt
those memories back to life.
We all shared this year — don't let it fade.
Editor in Chief